Elder P. D. Gold was a most influential second generation minister and apologist for the newly formed "Primitive Baptist" denomination. A synopsis of his bio is as follows (highlights mine):
"A prominent publisher and religious leader, Pleasant Daniel Gold was born in 1833 to Milton and Martha Fortune Gold in what in now Cleveland County, North Carolina. An ambitious young man, P. D. Gold sought to attend school and move beyond his agrarian upbringing. As such, he borrowed money and went to school, studied law, and received his license in 1856. He began to practice law in Shelby as a partner with future governor John W. Ellis. Soon after establishing himself in Shelby, Gold decided to enter the ministry. He then attended Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His educational pursuits were interrupted by the Civil War when he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving as a chaplain and nurse until a fever ended his military service.
In the late 1860s, Gold decided to change his church affiliation and switched from the Missionary Baptist Church, or “New School,” to the Primitive Baptist Church, or the “Old School.” He joined the Kehukee Primitive Baptist Church of Halifax, home of the state’s most active Primitive Baptist organization. Gold was such a dynamic personality in his new calling that he joined the church, was baptized, ordained, and preached a sermon all in the same day. As part of his new mission, he co-founded a newspaper called Zion’s Landmark in 1867 with L. I. Bodenheimer. Gold became associate editor in 1871 and served as editor from 1872 until 1920. The paper became the leading publication of the Primitive Baptist Church."
Here are some additional citations that every Hardshell today should know exists. It is more evidence that as late as 1887 it was still acceptable to believe that being born again was equivalent to evangelical conversion.
A TRUE CHRISTIAN (page 338)
"Every one that has "passed from death unto life," has had his burden of sin and guilt removed, feels and can realize that there has been some kind of miraculous change
from some source, but after this change there is necessarily something else
ahead. But in order to scrutinize this subject closely I will briefly enumerate
some of the changes and conflicts through which God's children have to pass."
"2nd. We believe that all believers arc born again of an incorruptible seed, and
as I have herein before stated that sinners are convicted and quickened into
life thus pass from death unto life; but now I will try to explain more explicitly in a brief way what I know by experience of the travail from nature to
"Firstly there is a begetting or quickening, then the sinner has a knowledge he is a sinner before God because his blinded eyes have been opened, and
his deaf ears are unstopped, and then he is cognizant of his true condition. —
Secondly, there is a travail of soul, and as I have said he probably mourns
for weeks, months or years. Thirdly, then at an unexpected and appointed
time he is delivered of his load of sin and guilt, and is freed from the law of
sin and death, "old things are passed away, behold all things are become
new." I possibly might say more on these points, but this I consider enough for the present.
My dear brethren, If we are worthy to be called christians, Hardshells, Iron
Jackets, or anything else for the sake of Jesus let us glory in such stigmas."